Physics experiment suggests magnets with only one pole actually exist

Though predicted to exist, magnetic monopoles — hypothetical elementary particles with only one magnetic pole — have never been detected by scientists. But physicists have just accomplished the next best thing by actually creating their own synthetic version of these bizarre magnetic particles in the lab. » 1/31/14 9:00am 1/31/14 9:00am

These metallic dresses were created with iron filings and magnets

This dress looks like an alien exoskeleton — but it was actually "grown" using mega-magnets, out of iron filings and a special resin. Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen created this magnetic dress in collaboration with product designer Jólan van der Wiel for Van Herpen's 2013 fall/winter couture collection. » 8/31/13 1:32pm 8/31/13 1:32pm

Is this hovering computer mouse real or fake?

Get a load of this hover-tastic wireless computer mouse by KIBARDINDESIGN, which is purportedly in the "testing period and research market" stage of development. According to the design studio's website, the mouse — product designation: "The Bat" — levitates at a height of 40 millimeters on its own, or 10mm beneath… » 3/05/13 7:40am 3/05/13 7:40am

Watch an avalanche inside a superconductor

The famous "superconductor monorail" was a wonderful visual demonstration of what superconductors do to magnets. At first, magnets are repelled by the superconductor. As the temperature drops, a superconducting material unceremoniously kicks magnetic fields out of its territory. If a magnet is forced close to a… » 3/27/12 4:10pm 3/27/12 4:10pm

Create Hunt for Red October's fictional submarine propulsion system...…

Some of you are old enough to remember a pre-30 Rock Alec Baldwin trying to wrangle Sean Connery's rogue Russian submarine captain and his top-secret magnetohydrodynamic propulsion system in The Hunt for Red October. The system doesn't exist, in reality, but you can make a teacup version of it, using some basic… » 3/06/12 12:20pm 3/06/12 12:20pm

These bacteria are controlled by magnetic fields

Magnetotactic bacteria were first discovered back in 1975. They're microbes that orient themselves along magnetic fields, thanks to their compartments of tiny magnetic nanocrystals called magnetesomes (the orange circles in the picture above), which force the bacteria into magnetic alignment. Unlike larger animals… » 12/23/11 11:22am 12/23/11 11:22am

Watch an iridescent "kiss" between magnetized soap bubbles

Scientists at the University of Delaware added magnetic nanoparticles to soap bubbles to be able to manipulate their thickness, their color, and their motion. Take a look at the rainbow effect they created above, and check out a short black and white film of a bubble kissing a magnet while tiny liquid particles whirl… » 12/08/11 9:20am 12/08/11 9:20am